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Bernie Sanders told not to run for president by local Vermont paper

January 7, 2019

Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders was urged recently by a local newspaper not to run for president in 2020 and was told to “step out of the way.”

“Bernie Sanders should not run for president. In fact, we beg him not to,” The Barre Montpelier Times Argus editorial board wrote on Saturday.

The board members listed a litany of issues they had with Mr. Sanders, an independent, as a politician, including a critique that he doesn’t spend enough time with local reporters. However, they stressed that one of their biggest concerns is that a Sanders campaign would divide the party.

“For us, this comes down to principle over ego,” they wrote. “It is one thing to start a revolution, but at a certain point you need to know when to step out of the way and let others carry the water for you.”

They praised the progressive platform that Mr. Sanders has championed and brought to the forefront with his 2016 presidential campaign but argued that his own candidacy is “exhausting” and “abrasive.”

“He can be dismissive and rude in his arrogance. You are either with Bernie Sanders or you are not,” the board wrote, likening him to President Trump in this respect.

Mr. Sanders is seen as a potential frontrunner amongst the several of prominent Democrats considering the 2020 presidential primary, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

In two December polls, Mr. Sanders led the pack along with Mr. Biden and Mr. O’Rourke.

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